Pre Check app

A New Zealand app for women wanting to do breast self-checks.

Pre Check By Breast Cancer Foundation NZ
Features
  • Interactive screen
  • Education and information
  • Reminders
Clinical review  See Reviews
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Security and privacy Does the app:
  • collect medical information? No
  • require a login? No
  • have password protection? No
  • have a privacy policy? Yes
  • require internet access? No
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Cost Free

What does the app do?

Pre Check app is an interactive breast model that shows some of the breast changes associated with breast cancer. The home screen resembles a breast and by touching the interactive screen, users can learn the 9 signs of breast cancer. For example, puckering, skin like orange peel, lumps, etc. The Ready to self-check screen is a guide on how to check your breasts, with detailed instructions on how to do the touch, look and check method. Users have the option of setting a self-check reminder which will send a push-notification to your phone.

For the complete app description, go to the app website, Google Play or for a more detailed review, see Reviews.

PROS CONS 

✔ Interactive breast model with 9 abnormal findings. The phone vibrates when you touch an abnormal area.

✘  The app doesn’t help women make an informed choice about whether to self-screen/self-examine, with no education about the risks and the evidence arguing against the practice.1

✘ The guidelines have shifted to “breast-awareness” over regular breast examination. There is no mention of breast-awareness and the differences in these approaches. Breast-awareness basically signifies being sensibly alert.2

✘ There are several omissions in the breast self-examination instructions:

  • No instruction is given about how to examine systematically (normally in a circular or linear fashion). Instead it just says “circular motions”.
  • There is no axillary tail in the breast model in the app (sometimes breast tissue extends into the armpit. This is called the axillary tail of the breast).
  • No instruction on hand movements with palpation (normally finger pads of 3 middle fingers).
  • No instruction on how exactly to inspect visually first. It just says “look”.
  • No instruction on feeling for lymph nodes.

Review details

Date of review: October 2019
Platform reviewed: Android
Version: 1.0.1
Download size: 67 MB
Updated on: 30/09/2019

References

  1. Regular self-examination or clinical examination for early detection of breast cancer. Cochrane (accessed 12 October 2019). 
  2. Thornton H. “Breast awareness” and “breast self-examination” are not the same. What do these terms mean? Why are they confused? What can we do? Eur J Cancer. 2008 Oct;44(15):2118-21.
Credits: Health Navigator Editorial Team . Last reviewed: 14 Oct 2019